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Intrepid Studios

San Diego, California - United States
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Senior Terrain Artist


Intrepid Studios is looking for a highly skilled, experienced Senior Terrain Artist to join our team of talented developers working on the Ashes of Creation MMO franchise! If you are a self-driven, passionate developer, looking for a highly collaborative and creative environment, this position is for you!


  • Crafting realistic landscape terrain for next-gen game environments
  • Collaborating with artists, designers, and other disciplines to deliver epic world-class environments for our upcoming Ashes of Creation MMO franchise
  • Integrate terrain and textures created in terrain creation tools (World Engine, World Creator, houdini or similar package) and import them into the Unreal 4 game engine’s pipeline, as well as using the in-game engine tools to support these assets in production (World Composition, Shader Tool, Asset Composer, World Outliner, Collision setups, Performance Tools, etc).
  • Building organized terrain shader networks in Unreal 4 to use in a multi-Biome environment
  • Assist in environment concept and design when needed
  • Investigate, research and implement the latest techniques and practices
  • Help mentor the internal environment team through verbal and written feedback
  • Verify the quality of their work once imported into the game, and make improvements when necessary
  • Use specific project tools and relevant content creation software to achieve best results and meet specified scheduling deadlines
  • Take constructive feedback and integrate those changes effectively
  • Iterating on game environments with fellow artists via paint overs, studies, and group critiques to improve the look and gameplay
  • Efficiently use current game development methodologies, ( texture space optimization, texel density, appropriate polygon counts, mindful of object placement draw calls, and general game optimization practices, etc.)
  • Work with environment lead to determine the environment’s assets required based on pre-created concepts, project lead’s direction, design team input, and adjust the work accordingly to fit the story and gameplay provided by Game Design documentation
  • Able to come up to speed quickly on technical constraints of platform, engine and software
  • Show initiative for problem solving
  • Schedule and detail oriented


  • 4+ years experience creating terrain environments for video games
  • Shipped at least one AAA quality game title
  • Expert level proficiency with at least one terrain creation software package (World Engine, World Creator, Houdini, etc. ) and general knowledge of Maya/3ds Max, ZBrush, Substance, Photoshop or equivalent 3D and 2D software
  • Demonstrated ability to create high quality terrain work in a realistic / high fantasy style within technical constraints
  • Ability to create PBR materials and all associated maps for new or existing assets
  • Strong terrain design instincts and ability to create environment terrains that support and enhance gameplay
  • Artistic ability to visualize entire levels and detail with minimal concept art and direction if needed
  • Strong understanding of color, form, shape, structure, and silhouette
  • Can translate and execute terrain modeling and texture from supplied concept art
  • Can work without concept if necessary within the art style of the project
  • Exceptional eye for proportion, scale, surface properties and lighting
  • Self-motivated, driven, with excellent communication skills and a team-player attitude
  • BA or BS degree in art or equivalent work experience

Additional Considerations (pluses):

  • Solid foundation in traditional art, drawing, painting, illustration and/or concept art
  • Familiarity with photogrammetry processes, procedural content creation, or PBR workflows.
  • Strong technical ability and willingness to learn new tools, techniques and workflows
  • Experience with aesthetics for fantasy themes and visual stylings
  • Unreal Engine, Shader and Blueprint Experience
  • Conceptual Art skills always a plus

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume and cover letter
  • Portfolio or demo reel demonstrating a high level of skilled and experience in terrain generation and modeling, texturing, and lighting game environments
  • An art test may be required

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